Three live-action videos help young viewers understand what emotions are, why there is no such thing as a bad emotion, and how they can get a handle on strong feelings like anger, sadness, frustration and disappointment. Students will learn that powerful and upsetting emotions happen everyday, from a soccer game defeat, to a sick pet, to forgetting homework, to a family emergency and more. These emotions require some basic coping strategies to help gain understanding and perspective. Age appropriate scenarios offer the message that kids can take control of their emotions and feel better about themselves.
Part One – Angry? Sad? Feels Bad!
Madison learns that her family will be moving because of her dad’s new job. Danny has just learned that his dog is very sick and has to go the animal hospital. Sandra is upset because her play date was canceled. Each scenario identifies the emotions and gives suggestions for handling them.
Part Two –When Worry and Fear Appear
Sam is getting stomach cramps because of his upcoming recital. Melissa is afraid of meeting new people in unfamiliar surroundings. Cassie has a fear of the water. Explains the “flight or fight” response and models appropriate coping strategies.
Part Three – The Stress Mess
Sandra is feeling stressed in her efforts to improve her swimming times. With swim team practice pressures, her schedule has become too overwhelming. Madison learns that “talking it out” with a friend or parent is a good way to reduce stress. Danny learns how to use positive self-talk to turn his negative feelings into positive feelings. Produced by Human Relations Media
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
This complete curriculum explains emotions and offers coping strategies in three segments: "Angry? Sad? Feels Bad!," "When Worry and Fear Appear," and "The Stress Mess." Each part presents numerous vignettes to help young people understand and deal with their emotions. Featuring scenarios that elicit strong emotions, such as moving to another town, having a sick pet, or having to cancel a planned activity, the first segment explains how to cope with sadness, anger, frustration, and disappointment. The second part addresses events that cause worry or fear, with positive and negative results. Coping strategies are highlighted, and those who experiences these emotions are never ridiculed. Worriers are shown using visualization, planning, and the help of others to overcome their fears. In the final segment, steps for alleviating stress are presented. The accompanying binder of pre- and post-tests, extension activities, and program summaries facilitates the series' use.
- MaryAnn Karre, Horace Mann Elementary School, Binghamton, NY
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